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Donnie Darko -- A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after narrowly escaping a bizarre accident.


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Jake Gyllenhaal ... Donnie Darko

Holmes Osborne ... Eddie Darko

Maggie Gyllenhaal ... Elizabeth Darko

Daveigh Chase ... Samantha Darko

Mary McDonnell ... Rose Darko

James Duval ... Frank
Arthur Taxier ... Dr. Fisher

Patrick Swayze ... Jim Cunningham
Mark Hoffman ... Police Officer

David St. James ... Bob Garland

Tom Tangen ... Man in Red Jogging Suit

Jazzie Mahannah ... Joanie James

Jolene Purdy ... Cherita Chen

Stuart Stone ... Ronald Fisher

Gary Lundy ... Sean Smith

Alex Greenwald ... Seth Devlin

Beth Grant ... Kitty Farmer

Jena Malone ... Gretchen Ross

Seth Rogen ... Ricky Danforth
David Moreland ... Principal Cole

Noah Wyle ... Prof. Kenneth Monnitoff

Drew Barrymore ... Karen Pomeroy
Kristina Malota ... Susie Bates
Marina Malota ... Emily Bates
Carly Naples ... Suzy Bailey
Tiler Peck ... Beth Farmer
Patience Cleveland ... Roberta Sparrow / Grandma Death

Katharine Ross ... Dr. Lilian Thurman

Lisa K. Wyatt ... Linda Connie

Rachel Winfree ... Shanda Riesman

Jack Salvatore Jr. ... Larry Riesman

Lee Weaver ... Leroy
Phyllis Lyons ... Anne Fisher

Ashley Tisdale ... Kim, Dorky Girl
Alison Jones ... Dorky Half-Sister

Jerry Trainor ... Lanky Kid

Joan Blair ... Mystery Woman

Sarah Hudson ... Friend

Fran Kranz ... Passenger

Scotty Leavenworth ... David
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Conrad Angel Corral ... Vice Principal (uncredited)

Phil Hawn ... Teacher (uncredited)

Nancy Juvonen ... Flight Attendant (uncredited)
Margaret Kontra Palmer ... Concerned Mother (uncredited)
Dee Austin Robertson ... Movie Ticket Salesman (uncredited)
Jack Truman ... Teacher (uncredited)
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Directed by
Richard Kelly 
Writing credits
Richard Kelly (written by)

Produced by
Christopher Ball .... executive producer (as Chris J. Ball)
Drew Barrymore .... executive producer
Adam Fields .... producer
Thomas Hayslip .... line producer (as Tom Hayslip)
Nancy Juvonen .... producer
Casey La Scala .... executive producer
Hunt Lowry .... executive producer
Sean McKittrick .... producer
Aaron Ryder .... executive producer
William Tyrer .... executive producer
Original Music by
Michael Andrews 
Cinematography by
Steven Poster (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Sam Bauer 
Eric Strand 
Casting by
Joseph Middleton 
Michelle Morris  (as Michelle Morris Gertz)
Production Design by
Alec Hammond  (as Alexander Hammond)
Set Decoration by
Jennie Harris 
Costume Design by
April Ferry 
Makeup Department
Merribelle Anderson .... hair stylist
Merribelle Anderson .... second hair stylist
Lynn Barber .... makeup department head
Dorinda Carey .... assistant makeup artist
Leslie Devlin .... assistant makeup artist
Kathleen Freeman .... assistant makeup artist (as Kathleen Freeman-Smith)
Kimberly Greene .... makeup artist: Drew Barrymore
Isabel Harkins .... assistant makeup department head
Cammy R. Langer .... hair stylist (as Cammy Langer)
Lori McCoy-Bell .... hair department head
Barbara Olvera .... hair stylist: Drew Barrymore
Thomas E. Surprenant .... special makeup effects artist (as Thomas Surprenant)
Dale Brady .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Betsy Mackey .... unit production manager
Nancy Kirhoffer .... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
Cynthia Nicolella .... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
Kim Percival .... production supervisor (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard L. Fox .... first assistant director
Heather Grierson .... second assistant director
Casey Mako .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Denise Anderson .... assistant property master
Mark Anderson .... property master
Bryan Belair .... construction coordinator (as Brian Belair)
Michelle R. Belair .... propmaker (as Michelle Belair)
Andrew Berentis .... propmaker
Jonathan Bernardi .... propmaker
Richard Bloom .... art department coordinator
Christopher Cuneo .... propmaker
Gregory Diggins .... propmaker (as Greg Diggins)
Dino Doane .... propmaker
Tim Durrell .... propmaker
Patrick Foyle .... propmaker
Andrew Garcia-Price .... storyboard artist
Thomas Gibson .... painter
Gregg Hager .... propmaker
Ted Harms .... propmaker foreman
Ted Harms .... propmaker (as Ted Harms Jr.)
Russel Harvey .... painter (as Russell Harvey)
Jeff Higinbotham .... set dresser
Tim Jackson .... construction foreman (as Timothy Jackson)
Jay Kelly .... graphic artist
Roger Knight .... swing gang
Terry Lasko .... propmaker
Christian E. Lemer .... propmaker (as Christian Lemer)
Julia K. Levine .... set designer (as Julia Levine)
Jamie Maheu .... set dresser (as Jamie Mehue)
Mark Mastropietro .... propmaker
Augustine Mendez Jr. .... labor foreman
Michael Mikita .... paint foreman
Missy Parker .... buyer
Alejandro Poli .... propmaker (as Poli Alejandro)
Mike Reiber .... painter
Christopher Schultz .... on-set dresser
Ed Sher .... painter
Bart Sullivan .... swing gang
Edward Tamayo .... set dresser (as Ed Tamayo)
J.R. Vasquez .... lead man
Scott Vollmer .... propmaker
Sound Department
Matthew C. Beville .... adr mixer (as Matt Beville)
Chad Blinman .... adr recordist
Jeff K. Brunello .... background sound editor
Jeff K. Brunello .... sound effects editor
Patrick Cusack .... assistant sound editor: director's cut
Andrea Danek .... assistant sound editor: director's cut re-release
Chris David .... sound re-recording mixer
Chris David .... sound re-recording mixer: director's cut
Fred Drury .... additional boom operator (as Fredrick Drury)
David Esparza .... sound designer: director's cut
David Esparza .... supervising sound editor: director's cut
Bob Fisher .... boom operator
Shawn Kennelly .... foley mixer
Coleman Metts .... production sound mixer
Chuck Michael .... sound re-recording mixer
Nancy Nugent .... foley editor: director's cut (as Nancy Kyong Nugent)
Michael Payne .... additional sound design: director's cut
Michael Payne .... sound designer
Scott Reed .... sound general manager
Terry Rodman .... sound re-recording mixer: director's cut
Victoria Rose Sampson .... adr editor
Victoria Rose Sampson .... dialogue editor
Victoria Rose Sampson .... dialogue editor: director's cut
Victoria Rose Sampson .... supervising sound editor
Dan Scolnik .... foley editor
Nancy Tracy .... adr editor
Nancy Tracy .... dialogue editor
Eric Justen .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Andy Peach .... sound re-recording mixer: M&E (uncredited)
Aaron Rihel .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Edward M. Steidele .... foley artist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Lorraine Fadden .... special effects crew
Scott Garcia .... special effects crew
Robbie Knott .... special effects coordinator
Daniel Yates .... special effects crew (as Dale Yates)
Visual Effects by
David Alexander .... compositor: Amalgamated Pixels
R. Christopher Biggs .... senior compositor: Amalgamated Pixels
Culley Bunker .... compositor: Amalgamated Pixels (as Culley M. Bunker)
D. Walt Cameron .... compositor: Amalgamated Pixels
Kelly Carlton .... additional visual effects
Kelly Carlton .... visual effects supervisor (director's cut)
Dennis Fitzsimmons .... compositor: Amalgamated Pixels
Derry Frost .... head of production: Amalgamated Pixels
Marcus Keys .... visual effects supervisor
Ken Locsmandi .... senior animator: Amalgamated Pixels
Joe Mangione .... senior animator: Amalgamated Pixels
Michael Morreale .... digital supervisor: Amalgamated Pixels (as Michael J. Morreale)
Jeremy Oddo .... senior animator: Amalgamated Pixels
Phillip Palousek .... digital coordinator: Amalgamated Pixels
Chad Royer .... senior compositor: Amalgamated Pixels
Paul Scott .... digital producer: Amalgamated Pixels
Gregory S. Scribner .... compositor: Amalgamated Pixels
Teod Tomlinson .... senior animator: Amalgamated Pixels
Christopher Dusendschon .... digital imaging: THDX (uncredited)
Steven Emmert .... optical compositor: THDX (uncredited)
Robin Lynn Bonaccorsi .... stunts (as Robin Bonaccorsi)
Dan Bradley .... stunts
Mickey Giacomazzi .... stunt coordinator
Sean Graham .... stunts
Hugh Aodh O'Brien .... stunts
Jeanna Phillips .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Waide R. Allen .... electrician (as Waide Allen)
Phil Aubrey .... grip
Klint Betz .... best boy rigger
Chris Byers .... grip
Pierre Cane .... electrician
Keith Chadwick .... grip
David Chameides .... Steadicam operator (as Dave Chameides)
Jim Chase .... grip
Kevin Cook .... grip
Briewen Corry .... grip (as Bri Cory)
Richard Crudo .... camera operator
Mike Curtis .... electrician
Richard Epps .... grip
Jim Favazzo .... crane operator: Technocrane (as James Favazzo)
Steve Franklin .... grip
Steve Gainer .... camera operator
Coby Garfield .... second assistant camera
Dale Gladish .... grip
Bernie Horn-Bostel .... best boy grip
Joel Jaspan .... grip
John Keefer .... grip
Andy Kessler .... camera loader
Lorna Leslie .... camera loader
Dan Lynch .... grip
Michael Stewart Maahs .... grip (as Michael Maahs)
Brian McPherson .... crane operator: Technocrane
David L. Merrill .... key grip (as Dave Merrill)
Ronald A. Miller .... key rigging grip
Dick Montagne .... camera operator
Mark Morton .... best boy electric
Derek Page .... electrician
Travis Panarisi .... electrician
Norman Parker .... first assistant camera
Larry Pausback .... grip
Lex Rawlins .... first assistant camera
Dee Austin Robertson .... camera intern
Dale Robinette .... still photographer
Brian Rosso .... grip
Michael Scott .... camera operator
Bing Sokolsky .... camera operator (as Bing Socolsky)
Larissa Supplitt .... second assistant camera
Victor Svimonoff .... best boy electric
Fritz Weber .... grip
Spencer Wilcox .... grip
Dustin Woods .... grip
Ignacio Woolfolk .... grip
William D. Wynn .... dolly grip (as William Wynn)
Jeff Zucker .... gaffer
Steve Gainer .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Casting Department
Dena Berman .... casting assistant
Debe Waisman .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Donna Berwick .... assistant costume designer
Naillon Joan Cass .... costumer (as Joan Naillon Cass)
David Ferry .... costumer
Nisa Kellner .... costumer
Joseph Markham .... costume supervisor (as Joe Markham)
Editorial Department
Ngozi Akbar .... assistant editor
Allen Barnwell .... post-production assistant
Mark Eggenweiler .... assistant editor
Kevin Greutert .... first assistant editor (director's cut)
Jim Passon .... color timer
Robert W. Sterrett III .... post-production assistant
Greg Thompson .... assistant editor
Lisa Valenzuela .... post-production assistant
Chris Regan .... color timer (uncredited)
Music Department
Jennifer Barak .... music editor
Ged Bauer .... music consultant (director's cut)
Todd Burke .... score mixer
Todd Burke .... score recordist
Shannon Erbe .... music editor
Steve Genewick .... assistant music engineer
Manish Raval .... music supervisor
Tom Wolfe .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Lyle Atkins .... driver: water truck
Michael Ballew .... driver (as Mike Ballew)
Curtis Clark .... driver
Lynda Dedmon .... driver: bus
Jennifer Duclos .... driver
Audrey Fitzgerald .... driver
Dennis Germain .... driver
Frank Graves .... driver
Geno Hart .... transportation coordinator
Kirk Huston .... transportation captain
Jackson Iblings .... driver: bus
Roger Ickes .... driver
Alfie Jensen .... driver
Billy Kane .... driver (as Bill Kane)
Knut Kielpinski .... driver
Rocco Mann .... driver: van
Harry Marks .... picture car captain
Steve Maytum .... driver: bus
Anthony J. Mignano .... driver (as Anthony Mignano)
Joe Moreno .... driver
Lee Nashold .... driver: camera car (as Byron Lee Nashold Jr.)
Bill Needham .... driver
Kenny Nunn .... driver
Dennis O'Connell .... driver: honeywagon
John Pellegrino .... transportation co-captain
Bud Ruben .... driver
Michael Ryan .... driver
Andrew Saris .... driver: water truck
John Scott .... driver: water truck
Carlo Solano .... driver
Chris Waldoch .... driver (as Chris Waldock)
Hardy Ophuls .... picture car coordinator (uncredited)
Adam Pinkstaff .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
John Steven Agoglia .... location manager (as John Agoglia)
Rebecca Asher .... script supervisor (as Rebecca E. Asher)
Eyal Axelrod .... assistant: Mr. Lowry
Josephine Batorski .... studio teacher
Chris Baugh .... set production assistant
Sean Bayat .... set production assistant
Jenni Calcare .... set production assistant
Kelly Carlton .... title designer: main titles
Antoine Doxey .... office production assistant
Darrel Drinkard .... technical support: Avid
Cate Engel .... assistant: Ms. Juvonen
Marjorie Ergas .... clearance (as Marj Ergas)
Jane Evelyn .... production secretary
John Fox .... assistant: Mr. La Scala
Jeff Fuller .... set production assistant (as Jeff 'Bones' Fuller)
Becky Gelbart .... set production assistant
Danielle Gordon .... office production assistant
William Gulliver .... assistant: Mr. Fields
Wes Hall .... stand-in
Jennifer Hamilton .... assistant choreographer
Michael Hansen .... unit publicist
Leslie Hewitt .... assistant accountant (as Leslie Plumlee)
Mike Hoy .... assistant to director and producer
Jason Inman .... medic
Roy G. Irwin .... medic (as Roy Irwin)
Jeff Jenofsky .... production assistant
Keith Jones .... key set production assistant
Anne Marie Jowell .... medic
Matthew Katz-Frost .... set production assistant (as Matthew Katz)
John Kelleher .... assistant: Mr. Lowry
Mark Kelly .... set production assistant
Kyle Klein .... assistant: Ms. Juvonen
Steve Larson .... dispatcher
Asha MacLeod .... set production assistant (as Asha Macleod)
Hugo Maldonado .... assistant chef
Linda McDonough .... clearance
Eddie Michaels .... unit publicist
Crystal Montiel .... craft service
Crystal Montiel .... set production assistant
Jordan Otis .... set production assistant
Evan Peller .... assistant location manager
Kim Percival .... production coordinator
Caoline Petterson .... set production assistant
Jeanna Phillips .... stand-in
Marguerite Pomerhn Derricks .... choreographer (as Marguerite Pomerhn-Derricks)
Heather Ray .... set production assistant
Alicia Richards .... medic
Cloy Richards .... production accountant
Genaro Rodriguez .... chef
Felipe Rodriquez .... chef
Anthony Santiago .... technical support: Avid
Margaret L. Schlaifer .... studio teacher (as Margaret Schlaifer)
Jon Shingler .... office production assistant
Rene Louise Smith .... set production assistant
Samuel W. Sullivan .... set production assistant (as Sam Sullivan)
Cindy Taylor-Arp .... set production assistant (as Cindy Taylor)
Michael Thomsen .... assistant: Mr. Fields
Rhonda Wheelan .... craft service
Chris Baugh .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Chris Beal .... assistant to production coordinator (uncredited)
Aileen Kiernan .... production assistant (uncredited)
Chris Miller .... personal assistant (uncredited)
Christina Applegate .... special thanks
Danny Elfman .... special thanks
M.C. Escher .... special thanks
Naomi Foner .... special thanks (as Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal)
Stephen Gyllenhaal .... special thanks
Aimee Mann .... special thanks
Moby .... special thanks
Jonathan Mostow .... special thanks
Eli Roth .... special thanks
Tony Scott .... special thanks
Kevin Smith .... special thanks
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut" - USA (director's cut)
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Rated R for language, some drug use and violence
113 min | 133 min (director's cut)
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Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:PG (British Columbia) (director's cut) | Canada:14A (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:AA (Ontario) (original rating) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Czech Republic:15 | Finland:K-15 | France:U | Germany:16 | Hong Kong:IIB | Hungary:16 | Iceland:16 | Ireland:15 | Italy:T | Japan:PG-12 | Mexico:B | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:R16 | New Zealand:M (director's cut) | Norway:15 | Portugal:M/16 | Portugal:M/12 (director's cut) | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:15 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | Sweden:11 (TV rating) | UK:15 | USA:R | USA:R (director's cut)

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Well out of his teens, Vince Vaughn reportedly turned down the part of Donnie due to his age. Mark Wahlberg was interested in the part, but apparently was only willing to play the part with a lisp. Jason Schwartzman was also strongly considered for Donnie, but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. Tim Robbins was the first choice for the role of Eddie Darko.See more »
Continuity: When Donnie's science teacher begins talking about Roberta Sparrow's book, Donnie puts the Slinky around his neck. The camera cuts to Donnie taking the book and cuts directly back to a rear angle of Donnie to show the Slinky still taut around his neck, which it would not be if he had released his grip on one end of it.See more »
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300 out of 578 people found the following review useful.
Quirky film that's wide open to interpretation, 20 February 2005
Author: Brandt Sponseller from New York City

Upon awakening, Donnie Darko (Jake Gyllenhaal) finds that he's been asleep in the middle of a secluded mountain road. It seems that Donnie regularly wanders out at night and sleeps in strange places. The night that he ends up on the neighborhood golf course, a stray jet engine crashes through Donnie's bedroom. He's saved by his odd behavior. Shortly after, we witness him hearing voices and having visions of an odd, evil-looking, bipedal, man-sized bunny. The voice begins giving him unusual suggestions, and Donnie slowly finds himself as the key player in a grand scheme.

Donnie Darko is an unusual film. It spans a number of genres and leaves itself wide open to interpretation. Quite a cult of hardcore fans has developed around it, and for those folks, the film is essentially immune to criticism and reinterpretation.

The biggest surprise to me was that the bulk of Donnie Darko is a realist drama. I had long heard about how strange the film was, and heard it described as being partially sci-fi (which it is) and horror (which it isn't if you ask me). It was supposedly a "reality-bender". I'm much more of a "genre" fan, and I much prefer fantasy, surrealism and absurdism to realism. My preconceptions were throwing me off of the film initially. The realist drama stuff seemed to drag on, and it made much of the film a hard sell. I loved the touches of weirdness, but they were too little, too far between--at least until I reached my personal interpretation of the film around the halfway mark.

The film is also odd in that it's so retro. At one point I double-checked the DVD box, thinking that Donnie Darko had to be a late 1980s film. Nope, 2001. Then I started thinking that writer/director Richard Kelly must have had the script in storage for 15 years. But that can't be the case, either, as his bio says he was born in 1975, and it's unlikely that he would have written Donnie Darko when he was 10 or 11. The film is mired in late 1980s pop-culture references, style and music. Realizing that Kelly was born in 1975 still makes this weird. He says on the new DVD commentary that he was following the clichéd advice to write what you know, and he knew school in the late 1980s. He wouldn't have even entered high school until 1989, so it seems odd that he would only know school in the late 1980s. The retro feel of the film was a bit artificial to me, although I enjoyed the way the pop music was integrated.

There were also some questionable performances for my tastes, including Drew Barrymore's, and some bizarre (but not bizarre enough) scenarios that I never quite figured out, such as why a gym teacher was showing motivational videos to a class sitting in desks.

But most fans of Donnie Darko tend to overlook the minutiae, even though it takes up most of the screen time. The hinge tends to be on the overall arc and the meaning of the film. If minutiae are dwelt on, it's usually concerning the "Philosophy of Time Travel" book, or some bit of dialogue that is thought to be clever, such as the Smurf discussion. The theme of the film is often said to be something like "possibilities", and the film is routinely interpreted as having a messianic subtext, as well as often being interpreted more literally, as a kind of sci-fi story. After I watched the film and it didn't quite pay off as I had been hoping, I was anxious to listen to the commentary and watch the documentaries. Kelly seemed to intend more of the literal, sci-fi interpretation of the film. That was disappointing, because interpreted that way, the most fascinating thing to me is that Kelly believes it even approaches coherency. The Philosophy of Time Travel material, which is a core of this interpretation, is arbitrary sounding gobbledy gook. It has nothing to do with time travel, and even less to do with philosophy. It's more a naïve attempt at something like a parallel universe, ala the multiverse interpretation of quantum mechanics (which tends to be nonsensical anyway).

To make matters worse, there is little attempt to integrate most of this material into the actual meat of the film--the sci-fi interpretation seems very "grafted on". Many of the actual scenes we witness aren't there to service the eventual interpretation of the film as a sci-fi story, but are there because it's some snippet of actual life that Kelly remembers or has thought about or had conversations similar to in the past, and he thinks it's clever or character developing. For me, this material was neither.

But my personal interpretation of the film made much more sense to me, and under it, I enjoyed it more. To me, Donnie Darko is just a depiction of a kid with schizophrenia (and this is even explicitly suggested, although Kelly seems to be overlooking or not mentioning the interpretation). Even the smallest details of the film make sense in this context. Schizophrenics hear voices. They can have visual, tactile and other sensory hallucinations. Some have delusions of grandeur, such as messiah/superhero complexes. They often feel alienated. Donnie mopes around, mumbling, fairly expressionless much of the time and has periodic emotional outbursts. He acts out in anti-social ways. He goes into semi-catatonic states. Even the end of the film makes more sense under this interpretation, as it can be seen as an intentional delusion that Donnie has created due to the relationship-oriented tragedy. He's fantasizing about things being different than they turned out. To me, the film has much more depth under this interpretation.

If you haven't seen Donnie Darko yet, you owe it to yourself to check it out. No matter your final verdict, it's an interesting, quirky film, and one that's sure to be talked about for a long time.

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